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On 30th Year of HIV/AIDS, Obama Administration Recommits to Fighting Pandemic

The White HouseAs we approach 30 years since the first reported cases of AIDS in the United States on Sunday, June 5, I’m excited to share with you the message that the White House released this afternoon on 30 years of AIDS. You can read the press statement below or here on the Office of National AIDS Policy website.

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Washington, D.C. – Thirty years ago this Sunday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention first reported on the condition that would eventually become known as human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection.  Over the past three decades, HIV has emerged as a potent global pandemic, and today more than 33 million people around the world are living with HIV and more than two million deaths from Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) annually.  Even today, more than 50,000 people per year in the United States are infected with HIV in the United States.

“We pause to mark the thirty years we have been fighting HIV/AIDS.” said President Barack Obama.  “As we remember people in our own lives we have lost and stand by those living with HIV/AIDS, we must also rededicate ourselves to finally ending this pandemic – in this country and around the world.”

“This battle is not over,” said Secretary for Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius.  “As long as the AIDS virus threatens the health and lives of people here and around the globe, our work will continue to connect people to treatment, educate them about how to protect themselves, battle discrimination, and to keep the country focused on our collective fight against this pandemic.”

While America has made great strides in the fight against HIV/AIDS in recent years, the Obama Administration has made it a priority to re-focus national attention on a domestic epidemic that is still in play.  Building on a growing body of evidence and lessons learned, the Administration released last year and is now implementing a comprehensive National HIV/AIDS Strategy  that provides a roadmap for reducing new infections, improving care and health outcomes for people living with HIV/AIDS, and reducing the health disparities that have characterized this epidemic.

The President is also deeply committed to expanding access to HIV/AIDS prevention and care for more Americans and  to supporting a robust research agenda to ensure  that we make steady progress toward ending the pandemic.  Under the President’s leadership, the Administration has increased domestic HIV/AIDS funding to support the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program and HIV prevention. On the global stage, the Obama Administration’s Global Health Initiative has built on the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) by expanding access to treatment, prevention and care for those in need around the world, and further enhanced our impact by providing increased support for  maternal-child health and by supporting the efforts of governments and communities in the developing world to build their capacity to fight this epidemic and meet the other health challenges they face.  The Administration will continue to use its leadership to call upon other countries to honor their commitments to defeat a pandemic that demands the attention of the entire world.

On the domestic front and international stage, the Administration continues to work closely with the American people who, on this day, should stand proud of what they have done, at home and abroad, to ignite our collective commitment to this worthy cause.

To view an interactive timeline of the HIV/AIDS epidemic and read more information, including upcoming events, please go to http://aids.gov/thirty-years-of-aids/

Comments

  1. Mr Obama,

    While thousands are researching HIV and AIDS around the world, and billions of $ in research has been allocated, there is a group of patients that suffered similar epidemics in the 1980’s but has been grossly ignored, and naked in a demeaning manner to trivialize and minimize the suffering of the people. Tell most doctors that you have chronic fatigue syndrome, and due to stigma and lack of knowledge, chances are your health troubles will be discounted and you will be sent home without proper care.

    Many, many patients have given up on health care due to the stigma barreer and loss of trust in the health care system, or they can’t afford the care anyways due to loss of insurance benefits and the loss of disability benefits. There were epidemics of ME/CFS in the 1980’s, Mr Obama, discounted as hysterical illness by epidemiologists at the CDC. To this day, the CDC still broadcast on their website that the best treatment for ME/CFs is therapy and anti depressants despite being recommended many many time by the CFS advisory committee that there were severe flaws to theor program.

    There are over a million sufferers across the USA and 17 times more that amount around the world, waiting for research, clinical trials and treatments for a very debilitating disease that not only affectswomen, but men and children.

    Mr Obama, scientists are being told that studying Me/ CFS would be a career suicide. doctors do not even learn about this disease in med schools, nor this disease belongs to any medical specialty. Doctors that treat, the very few of them are marginakized by their colleagues.

    Patients do die of this illness only it is not tracked by statistics. Cancers, heart disease and suicides. the ones that are living are in a living death situation, housebound, bedbound with no help whatsoever. no patients would argue that this is a Tuskegee eperiment.

    Patients wonder if the recent discovery of a link with retrovirus XMRV with chronic fatigue syndrome will be phased out. The research that have come out from the Whittemore-Peterson Institute have come out of recognititon of human suffering and that an nfectious link has been made and now violently repressed by scientific communtiy without deçent attempts at relication of the initial study by Lombardi et all in 2009. i request that Your government independantly investigate the politics behind XMRV, science and chronic fatigue syndrome.

    There is much to say, much discrimination and injustice and this has to stop.

    thank you, Kati sick for 2.5 years.

  2. Mr Keshvdas Mahaptra says:

    The whole world appriciate this venture.Keep it up sir

  3. MICHAEL MERCY says:

    HOW DO I GET THE NEW HIV/AIDS DRUGS?

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